Crescenta Valley sweeps Burbank in Friday night doubleheader

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The Crescenta Valley Falcons emerged victorious after sweeping the Friday night doubleheader over the Burbank Bulldogs. The Lady Falcons defeated the Lady Bulldogs 71-34 behind Kylie Ray’s 15-point game and the boy’s team came out on top over Burbank 65-54, with Vaughn Zagorian scoring 20 points in the win for the Falcons. Ray will commit to Utah University this fall and play college Basketball for the Utah Utes next season. Lauren Navaro led the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points and OJ Blankson led the Burbank boys team with 22 points.

The girl’s contest tipped off the game action for the night. Crescenta Valley was coming off a 59-36 win over Burroughs, while Burbank was fresh off a 58-34 loss to Pasadena. CV defeated Burbank 51-30 in their last meeting back on Thursday, December 21st at Crescenta Valley High School.

Kylie Ray wasted no time in helping the Falcons get out to an 18-2 lead in the opening period of play, resulting in Crescenta Valley leading by 16 at the end of the first quarter. The Falcons continued to dominate in the 2nd quarter and led 45-13 over the lady Bulldogs at the halftime break. Lauren Navaro hit two 3-point shots to help the Lady Dogs get something going at the start of the 2nd half but the Lady Falcons continued to pull away in the 3rd quarter. With the victory, the Crescenta Valley Falcons have clinched at least a share of the Pacific League title with 2 more games to go in the season.

“All the girls worked hard to earn this victory, and put in the effort in the last 9 months,” said Crescenta Valley Lady Falcons head coach Michael Flot. Flot mentioned that Utah commit Kylie Ray is a team player and mentioned that Ray could have scored 25 points but wanted to get 5-10 assists.

“Our girls played hard today, but it wasn’t the outcome we wanted,” said Lady Bulldogs coach Kris Jabourian. Jabourian said that Lauren Navaro played well and the team gave it their all despite the loss to the Lady Falcons.

CV improves its record to 19-6 overall and 12-0 in Pacific League play to remain in 1st place over Burroughs. The Lady Falcons defeated Redondo Union on Saturday, January 27th at the Palisades Showcase Tournament. Their next contest will be on Tuesday, January 30th, against the visiting Glendale Nitros with tip-off scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Burbank will get ready for its next contest on the road against Hoover, also on Tuesday, January 30th at 6:45 p.m.. Burbank’s next home game will be their Senior Night celebration on Thursday, February 1st at 5:15 p.m. against cross-town rival Burroughs. The festivities will take place before tip-off at 5:00 p.m. to honor the 2 graduating seniors on the lady Bulldogs basketball team Nikela Damasen and Ameria Shagiorvia.

To close out the evening, the boy’s game tipped off the final game of the doubleheader. Crescenta Valley was coming off a dominant 75-54 win over Burroughs while Burbank suffered a blowout loss to the powerhouse Pasadena Bulldogs. The Falcons defeated the Bulldogs 71-60 in their last meeting back on Thursday, December 21st at Crescenta Valley High School.

Derek Najarian and Kamaran Albozian both got the scoring going for their teams in the 1st quarter with 2 point shots of their own. The Bulldogs went on a 10-3 run with Kevin Dabashian and OJ Blankson having strong first quarters to help Burbank lead 13-6 at the end of the opening quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Crescenta Valley overcame their 1st quarter deficit with points by Grikor Mighoyan, Najarian, and Logan Freemon helping the Falcons lead 25-22 over the Bulldogs at the halftime break. The Falcons’ strong second half helped them to victory over Burbank with momentum on their side throughout the 3rd and 4th quarters.

“CV is a great team, they play well and know how to play defense. We played hard for all 4 quarters and that’s all I could ask for,” said Burbank head coach Steve Eshleman. Eshleman added that regardless of who scores, it is a team effort when asked about OJ Blankson’s 22-point performance.

CV improves to 20-6 overall and 9-2 in Pacific League play while Burbank drops to 5-21 overall and 1-10 in Pacific League play. Burbank will take on Hoover on the road on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. while CV will take on Glendale at home on the same day and time. Burbank’s next home game will occur on Thursday, February 1st at 6:45 p.m. against cross-town rival Burroughs. It will be Senior Night, and the only senior on the Burbank High School boy’s basketball team, Beckett Sandass, will be honored before the game in a pregame ceremony honoring the senior class of 2024.

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